John RatliffPartner at Wilmerhale LLP
John Ratliff has more than 30 years of experience dealing with all aspects of EU competition law. He has handled matters involving Phase 1 and 2 EU merger control, cartel and other infringement defenses, abuse of dominance and competition remedies before the European Commission, national courts and the European Courts. Mr. Ratliff has worked for clients in numerous sectors, including energy (gas and electricity), maritime pipelay, metal (steel and copper), heavy machinery, sport, telecoms, financial services (payment cards), pharma, aircraft manufacture, aviation and retail/consumer goods.
Mr. Ratliff is active in:
- EU (and worldwide) merger control (including Phase 1 and Phase 2 cases, with remedies; acting for the interested parties or third parties)
- EU cartel defence cases (both where contested and for companies seeking leniency)
- Abuse of dominance cases (notably assisting dominant companies to review their compliance with (what is now) Article 102 TFEU; and to implement related changes to their commercial practices to resolve issues (sometimes in parallel with US colleagues)
- Competition remedies (through many complaints and other representations to the European Commission seeking swift intervention against unlawful behaviour on behalf of injured parties)
- Extensive counselling on all sorts of competition issue (from joint ventures to distribution systems)
- Representing companies in classic infringement proceedings (such as alleged prohibitions on parallel imports in the car sector); and alleged unlawful co-operation between competitors (e.g. in the insurance sector)
- European Court litigation on appeals in cartel and other cases.
Mr. Ratliff also practises EU regulatory law and has represented companies before the European Commission, national courts and the European Court on issues such as: state aid, "Sunday trading"/free movement of goods, EU GATT quotas, food regulation, the Dangerous Preparations Directive, energy liberalisation, discriminatory taxation, 4G spectrum allocation, EU energy market manipulation rules (REMIT) and EU proposals to reform regulation of the auditing profession.